NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Boys of Summer are almost ready to call it a season at the end of September. If you haven’t gotten enough baseball, or won’t be watching your favorite team in post season play, you might want to head out for a baseball themed fall getaway.
Here are some ideas to make your vacation a home run:
1. The Negro League Baseball Museum: This jewel in Kansas City, Mo. reminds us that baseball wasn’t always integrated. Learning about the league, the excellent players who played in it and how the color barrier was finally broken makes for an educational trip. While you’re there, if you’re lucky, you might also catch a Kansas City Royals baseball game in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country. The bonus is that the Royals might be headed to postseason play for the first time since 1985, so the fans' enthusiasm should be electrifying.
2. Fenway Park: Seeing a game at Fenway in Boston is like stepping back in history to the beginnings of the greatest pastime. The park was built in 1912, and as Leah Klein points out in this post about Fenway Park, there are many ways to enjoy the experience. Tours, including a batting practice tour three hours prior to home games, are available. Once you finish there, you can head over to the Bleacher Bar and wait for the game to commence.
3. Field of Dreams Site: If you’re still coming to grips with the fact that it really has been 25 years since that voice whispered, “Build it and they will come,” and missed the 25th anniversary celebration this summer, you can still visit Dyersville, Iowa and immerse yourself in movie nostalgia. Visitors can bring their own bats and balls to play, run the bases, and come out of the corn as the Ghost Players did (as long as it hasn’t been harvested yet).
4. National Museum of American History: If you’re planning on visiting our nation’s capital, you can always catch a Nationals game, but if that isn’t in your schedule, you can get your baseball fix at the National Museum of American History, where you can take in many pieces of famous sports memorabilia such as bats, balls, gloves and cards.
5. National Baseball Hall of Fame: Of course, a list of places to take in baseball wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Stroll the museum and ponder why your favorite player has or hasn’t made the Hall of Fame. Take some extra cash for the souvenir shop.
6. Wrigley Field Centennial Celebration: The Cubs might have been waiting for a long time for a winning season, but no matter where they end up in 2014, the season will be memorable as the Windy City celebrates ten decades of baseball at the historic venue. Different events are planned throughout the season, and the website promises the Cubs will be partying like its 1914.
7. Cardines Field: When you think about baseball, Newport, Rhode Island might not immediately come to mind, but if you want to see one of the oldest fields in the country that is still in use today, this is a must-stop on your tour. Originally named Basin Field, the earliest references to the historic park can be found dating to 1893. Jimmy Foxx, Larry Doby, Lou Gorman and Satchel Paige are just some of the legendary names to have played there. Today, it is home to the Newport Gulls. The field was ranked the fourth best park in the United States for summer collegiate baseball by Baseball America Magazine. This time of year, you might catch a George S. Donnelly Sunset League game. The league was founded in 1919 when the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad gave permission to a group of its employees to establish the Sunset League.
--Written by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for MainStreet